Saturday, November 8, 2014

Winter watch?

We're headed into "The Cities" later to visit friends. There's a better than even chance that part of the drive will be accompanied by some version of Dylan's Girl from the North Country. Weather forecasters are telling us that we've reached that time of year Dylan wrote and sung about like this:
Well, if you go when the snowflakes storm
When the rivers freeze and summer ends
Please see if she’s wearing a coat so warm
To keep her from the howlin’ winds
Most of the weather models have most of the snow falling south of "The Cities." That's fine with me. I'm crossing my fingers that it warms up enough later in the week to melt whatever falls on Monday. Another Winter where the rest of the world suffers from global warming while Minnesota "enjoys" exceptional cold and snow is not on my Christmas list.

early November snow
early November snow
Photo by J. Harrington

Have you started to decorate for the holidays? While out driving around yesterday, I noticed a couple of houses that had wreathes up already. That surprised me. We usually wait until sometime around Thanksgiving before we start putting up lights and wreathes. By the way, based on recent reports on Chanel 5 (KSTP) and in social media, this Christmas season, if you're shopping in Minneapolis, be sure you don't point to anything you want. Even though it's not Ferguson, MO, the Minneapolis police might arrest you as a gang member whether you're white, black or an elected official. Meanwhile, we need to live through

November for Beginners

By Rita Dove 

Snow would be the easy
way out—that softening
sky like a sigh of relief
at finally being allowed
to yield. No dice.
We stack twigs for burning
in glistening patches
but the rain won’t give.

So we wait, breeding
mood, making music
of decline. We sit down
in the smell of the past
and rise in a light
that is already leaving.
We ache in secret,
memorizing

a gloomy line
or two of German.
When spring comes
we promise to act
the fool. Pour,
rain! Sail, wind,
with your cargo of zithers!


November 1981


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